Not sure when I first began thinking about this stuff, but when I was in my teens I discovered “The Way of Zen” by Alan Watts. I’ve studied various ways and religions for many years, with varying degrees of intensity. I am also poet/writer/musician, and am currently putting together a website for that material.
I am drawn to yoga because I love to move and use my body and breath, and because there’s always something going on beneath the surface, and this is one darned fine way to access it.
Incidental facts: my father was of Syrian Jewish extraction from Brooklyn, my mom was extracted from the Swedish and grew up in Queens. May they rest in peace. The family moved to California when I was five, and I spent my teen years in Berkeley. I’ve been living in New York since 1980, with the exception of a few years in Ireland.
Yoga credentials: RYT-500
200: Frog Lotus Yoga
Jillian Pransky Restorative Yoga Level II
Founder of Join Up Yoga, Longford, Co. Longford, Ireland, 2007-2010
2 years teaching at Irish Wheelchair Association and St. Joseph Outpatient Clinic, through auspices of VEC, Longford
Currently I teach five classes weekly at Zen & Yoga, in Forest Hills, New York (that’s Queens) (www.zenandyoga.com).
Gentle Yoga, Sunday, 9 – 10:15 AM
Basic Yoga, Monday, 7:30 – 8:45 PM
Yoga I, Tuesday, 10 – 11:15 AM
Basic Yoga, Thursday, 10 – 11:15 AM
All Levels, Friday, 7:30 – 8:45 PM
Please contact me if you are interested in private sessions.
In January 2013 we launched Yoga Teacher Magazine. I am founder/editor. http://www.yogateachermag.com
My writing website is: http://www.ivannahem.weebly.com
“You are simply the best yogateacherman! Thank you for all the attention to beginners.”
- Anne S.
“I have since joined other yoga classes but it’s just not the same – you had a wonderful passion for yoga and you could get that passion across to us as students. I wish you well in everything you do and hope you will return to see us in Longford for a visit soon…”
- Mary F.
“I want to let you know that every time my spine is corrected to a right position, and my memory recalls when you say: “experience the sensation” or “explore the sensation” and my toes feet grasp the ground, the sensation it’s like working on a reality, setting my self in the “now”. I want to give you special thanks for the new exercises of breathing, they were unexpected and invaluable. Remembering the yoga lessons, very kind taught by you, makes unpresedent deal with the “now”, the present cosmos, and the infinite present.”
- Victor R.